Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It is a joyful occasion, but planning a wedding can be anything but. It’s a hectic job that requires skill, inspiration, motivation and plenty of patience. Planning a beautiful and memorable day takes time, knowledge and careful organization. Hiring a professional wedding planner can give you peace of mind to help to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your day.

There is no questioning the fact that planning a wedding can be an exhausting job. Between dealing with budget issues, family drama and making a thousand decisions, you should expect to have months of hard work.

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Many couples believe that they have what it takes to plan their wedding. However, planning a wedding is a major undertaking that can lead to stress and tension. For this reason, some couples opt for the help of a wedding planner. It may sound like a dream come true to let someone else do all the hard work, but it shouldn’t be a hasty decision.

Hiring a wedding planner can be the right choice for you as long as it’s the right one. I have compiled a list of pros and cons that can help you decide whether or not to hire outside help. In this case, the pros of hiring a planner are also the cons of doing it yourself and vice versa.

First of all, let’s talk about the pros of hiring a wedding planner:

• They will sweat the details

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Planning a wedding of any magnitude can give an amateur the jitters. You may never have planned an event before, and there are so many details that you can overlook. Whereas it is a wedding planners’ job, and they have potentially done it successfully many times before. Countless resources are at their fingertips, and they will not leave anything to chance.

• They can actually save you money

Wedding planners are an additional expense, but they can actually help save you time and money by getting you deals with vendors they work with on a regular basis. They have access to industry accounts with florists, caterers, rental companies and can potentially pass along some deals down to you. Most of all, they have the responsibility to keep your budget in check.

• Time management

Wedding planners spend their time handling the countless issues that come up during the planning process. They have the time to chase down the tiniest details, analyze problems and find the best solutions. Event planners stay in touch and follow up with the vendors for the day to day questions. They save you precious time and introduce you to new ideas that you might not have thought of on your own. On the day of the wedding, they supervise, setup and literally run the show. Planners are experts at handling emergencies and making everyone feel and stay calm. Hey, they can even help you plan your honeymoon!

• They will find the right people for the right job

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By the time the big day rolls around you will want to be able to relax and enjoy every moment. Wedding planners can do all the work behind the scenes allowing you to sit back, soak it all in and make memories. When you are attending to your guests, your wedding planner can figure out where your bridesmaids are. She will prompt the maid of honor to give a toast or grab your dad when it is time for the father-daughter dance. It is your big day after all, and you should be able to enjoy it without an ounce of stress.

Now, here is a list of the cons of hiring a wedding planner which are basically the pros of doing it yourself:

• You have to give up some control

You lose some of the control when you hire a planner. If you are a control freak, then it will be very hard for you to hire a someone to do all the work while you sit and do nothing. You have to be honest with yourself whether you are comfortable handing out the details of your life’s most important event to someone or not but before hiring, make sure that you are the perfect match.

• It is an additional expense

A wedding can be a substantial expensive and hiring a wedding planner can add a significant amount to your budget. If you are on a very tight budget and can’t afford to hire a planner you must be prepared to invest the time that it takes to contact vendors, ask for multiple quotes, learn what flowers are in season and which ones will work out best, find a baker, pick the right cake, shop for a dress, shop for bridesmaid dresses, pick out invitations and know when to send them out. These are only a tiny fraction of the laundry list of tasks on your wedding to-do list.

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As long as you go into planning mode with the knowledge of the time and energy, you’ll need to invest, not hiring a wedding planner will save you money.

You may feel detached

If you did not plan the wedding, you might feel a little detached from the whole experience of planning. You may feel like you missed out on something. Some brides feel that the hard work that goes into pulling off a wedding is a huge part of the getting married experience.

Every couple is different, and every bride is different. Choosing to hire or not to hire a wedding planner is dependent on a multitude of factors. Does your budget allow it, do you need to control every little detail, do you have the time and energy required? Listen, they, not only plan, execute and manage, but they can serve as your spokesperson relaying every wish and desire to vendors, family members, and even the wedding party when you just cannot deal with another question.

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We suggest you list your pros and cons before you dive head first into the task and discuss it with your partner. Whatever your decision, keep your end goal front and center. You are marrying the love of your life.




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